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Episode 237 – Feminism In Modern Storytelling With Pip And Eli

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This week the Robots sit down with Pip Ballantine and Eliyanna to talk about how women are written in today’s stories. Is strength too often shown through kicking a monster’s butt? Is sexuality a crutch? Where do we go wrong, and what do we get right? We hope you enjoy!

Here the two items that made this discussion come to mind.

Tropes Vs Women In Video Games

NBC’s moronic female Olympic athlete advert



  1. Feminism to me just means freedom and equality. Not just from the control and expectations of men, but also from other women. If a woman doesn’t want to flaunt her sexuality then that’s fine. If another woman wants to do that, there’s nothing wrong with that either.

    I had the benefit of being raised by a strong, Army medic, single Mum. Feminism to her is just don’t tell her what to do or who to be. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you don’t define who she is (or she can be). So, that’s just been ingrained in me. I think some people make feminism more complicated then it needs to be and I find it off-putting.

  2. Strong episode guys.

    As a side note, Terry should do an episode about his little publishing empire. I think a lot of us would love to know how he has achieved his success.


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